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7 Things You Must Know Before Selling!

Hire the right agent to sell your home!
It’s important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. What is the agent's marketing plan? What type of internet exposure do they get for your home? Whether you use a full-time or part-time agent, an experienced or inexperienced agent, they both cost you the same. BUT... hiring the wrong agent can cost you thousands of dollars! Having said this, doesn't it make sense to use a full-time experienced agent who will get your home maximum exposure and negotiate the best price on your behalf? It's quite simple - you want the agent who will sell your home the quickest, get you the money your home deserves (top dollar) and achieve both of these with no headaches to you!

How much does it cost to sell my home?
This varies but as a general rule with closing costs, real estate fees, state and local government transfer fees, etc. it will cost you approximately 8.5% - 9.0% to sell your home. For example, if you sell a home for $300,000, it will cost you approximately $25,000 - $27,000 before you pay off any mortgage(s). I will be happy to meet with you, free of charge of course, and discuss a personal plan for you and show you how much you will net by selling your home. You can sell your home for as little as 5% total if you do not agree to pay any of the buyer's closing costs, but that is not necessarily customary and in many cases your home will take longer to sell if you choose to do this.

Get the highest price in the shortest time!
In order to achieve this, you need an agent who knows how to market your home. You need an agent who is an expert negotiator and a "pricing strategist." The better your home is marketed, the more money you will get. The most important factor of marketing your home is pricing it right. Your price should be adjusted to reflect the market and your property’s worth. The key is to get as many people as possible checking out your fairly priced property. If your property is not priced fairly, there will be no buyers because your price is set too high. Pricing it accurately to begin with creates a lot of showings and activity, which in turn can create multiple offers and higher sale prices!

Do Not Over Upgrade!
Quick fixes before selling can pay off but mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won't get your money back if you do a huge improvement before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and will get you top dollar. Get a new, fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or buy inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, etc. Make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Remove as much clutter (even if you have to get a storage unit) as possible. I will be happy to do a walk-through of your home and give you suggestions that will help you get your home sold quickly.

The kitchen comes first!
You're not actually selling your house, you're selling your kitchen - that's how important it is! The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part is you will probably get most of your money back by doing so. It may cost a few thousand dollars to replace your countertops, but a buyer may ask for $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated.

The first impression is the only impression!
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk in the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It's important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the home. Spruce up your home's landscaping with inexpensive shrubs and bright colored flowers. You can typically get a 100% return on the money you put into your home's curb appeal!

Let there be light!
Open the curtains and let the sunshine in! You may like your privacy, but the buyer doesn't want to think about that when looking at your home. They want to know that the light will come in and the house won't be dark. Turn on ALL lights before showing your home. Will you spend a few dollars on the electric bill by doing so? Yes, probably. Will you get that money back by selling your home quicker? Yes, definitely!

7 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Home!

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Bernie Alvey
Senior Listing Agent
EXIT Landmark Realty

Direct: 301-752-7922
Office: (301)934-2022 x272

Email: bernie@alveyproperties.com

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After listing my house I received a full price contract in 2 weeks - very happy! Bernie recommended a contractor for minor repairs found during the home inspection and repairs were made in a timely manner and to satisfaction of buyers. I couldn't be happier with the entire process. Settlement held in 45 days from list date and all parties were pleased and on their way. Great job! Coach Jim Donahue
Bernie is the best agent I have ever worked with. His knowledge and negotiation skills are impeccable. He was always alert, responsive and attentive for my needs. I have used him as a buyer and seller agent, he was great at both aspects. He even help me gain a a full price offer on my home, which was a profit from a home I owned for only 14 months. ***Highly Recommended*** Michael Paige
Bernie is that agent that you hear about but never seem to really find, EXCEPT I DID! He is current with technology and that is so important to finding a home, I used his website and was able to zero in on the 4 or 5 properties I wanted to see and he made the rest happen. He is also great at presenting the pros and cons of any property to help you keep your own excitement from carrying you away. His knowledge of the area was fantastic, and overall made our home buy experience, fast and even fun. Chet Rhodes
Bernie did a superb job of helping us find the right house in Dunkirk. After showing us a few properties, he knew what we were looking for and focused on that. We depended heavily on his experience and familiarity with local practices to guide us through the process. We were impressed with his knowledge of the local market. Once we found the house we wanted, he gave us good advice on negotiating a fair offer. Jack and Fran Shea
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